Black and white image of a very popular huge tree named The Baron standing in the Dandenongs, Victoria, photographed by A.J. Campbell. The gentleman in the image has not been identified.

In the nineteenth century there was a general fascination for large ancient trees around the world. Many were carefully measured before being cut down for use as a construction material, however some survived to become curiosities for tourists and naturalists alike with The Baron being one of them. This specimen of Eucalyptus regnans originally said to measured 160 metres tall and was named after Baron Ferdinand von Mueller, first director of Victoria's Royal Botanic Gardens. However, the tree was remeasured twice more and it was found to be significantly shorter at just under 67 meters.

This glass lantern slide is one of many forming the A.J. Campbell Collection held by Museum Victoria.

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Big trees, "The Baron"

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